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Acura MDX and RDX Win U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Cars for the Money Awards

Acura News just shared an exciting Press Release:

Acura’s hottest sellers, MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and RDX luxury crossover SUV,  have won U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 awards with MDX taking the “Best Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUV For The Money” award and RDX winning the “Best Luxury Compact SUV For The Money” category.

“The MDX and RDX continue to win accolades for their outstanding combination of exhilarating, performance, great fuel efficiency, and outstanding value on a luxury scale,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales.  “With the five-passenger RDX and new seven-passenger MDX, Acura has unquestionably two of the most competitive luxury SUVs in the market.”

The “Best Cars for the Money” methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of 21 award categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the “Best Car for the Money” in that category. Quality is measured by the overall score a vehicle achieved in the U.S. News car rankings at the time the awards are published. The rankings, updated monthly at www.usnews.com/cars, compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts’ opinions. Value is measured by a combination of a vehicle’s five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are published.

For More Information

Consumer information about Acura is available at acura.com. To join the Acura Columbus community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/columbusacura.

 

Acura TLX GT Racecar bringing the ‘X factor’ to Pirelli World Challenge

Acura Motorsports today pulled the wraps off the new 2015 Acura TLX GT Race Car at the North American International Auto Show, announcing plans to move up to the GT category of the growing and highly competitive Pirelli World Challenge Championship.

To be campaigned by long time Acura Motorsports partner RealTime Racing, the new TLX GT will move Acura into the top category of the Pirelli World Challenge, facing competition that includes the Audi R8 LMS, Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper, Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes SLS, Nissan GTR, Porsche 911 and Ferrari 458.

“The 2015 Acura TLX is a true luxury sport sedan, so it is fitting that the car be raced against several of its natural luxury competitors in the Pirelli World Challenge,” said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development and Vice President-Product Planning and Logistics, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Acura and Peter Cunningham’s RealTime Racing organization have a long history of success together, and we look forward to adding to that tradition with the Acura TLX GT race car in 2014.”

Developed from the production 2015 Acura TLX by HPD, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., the Acura TLX GT Race Car will feature HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition, and will be powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the normally aspirated, production TLX luxury sport sedan. It will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura’s Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™).

The Acura TLX GT Race Car will be campaigned by Wisconsin-based RealTime Racing, the most successful team in Pirelli World Challenge history. Established in 1987 by owner/driver Peter Cunningham, RTR has raced and won with both Honda and Acura products. Since entering the Sports Car Club of America Pro Racing-sanctioned World Challenge series in 1993, the team has scored a record 85 race victories on its way to 14 Manufacturers’ Championships and 14 Drivers’ Championships.

“In our 27 years of racing Hondas and Acuras, we have developed a clear understanding of what it takes to win races and championships,” RTR team principal Cunningham said. “In 2014, the Pirelli World Challenge GT class looks to be more competitive and diverse than at any time in the 25-year history of the series. RealTime has competed successfully in this category before, and we look forward to the challenges that lie ahead. With the onslaught of these world-class GT-3 competitors joining the fray, we will be working hard to develop the new TLX GT into a winning package. But that’s what we love to do.”

About Honda Performance Development

HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company’s entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda’s success in Indy cars, which includes 204 race victories, 15 drivers’ championships, six manufacturers’ championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories. In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.

HPD’s prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company’s sports car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD’s LM-V8 engine; and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers’, engine, team and drivers’ championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.

HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company’s racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit http://hpd.honda.com.tlx GT

What we know about the 2015 Acura TLX

We will try to keep this as light as possible given the current coverage of the Acura TLX.  We aren’t going to copy and paste the same article you’ve read across the internet.  Instead we are going to break down what we know, and what we don’t know about the newly reviled Acura TLX.

Technology features and options (tentative):
-Jewel Eye LED head lights
-20″ Alloy wheels
-LED Turn signals in mirrors
-ECON, Normal, and sport modes
-IDS (Integrated Dynamics System)
-CMBS (Collision Mitigation Braking System)
-LDW (Lane Departure Warning)
-FCW (Forward Collision Warning)
-ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control)
-LKAS (Lane Keeping Assist System)
-BSI (Blind Spot Indicator)
-2.4 litre 4 cylinder I-VTEC direct injection motor paired to a 8 speed DCT transmission on a FWD P-AWS chassis
-3.5 litre V6 VTEC direct injection with VCM paired with a 9 speed transmission on the SH-AWD chassis

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Live From Detroit: Watch the Auto Show Reveal of the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype

The world is invited to watch live via the Acura YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/acura) as the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype is unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show during a press conference scheduled for 11:05 a.m. EST on Jan. 14, 2014.

Everyones favorite web series has returned!

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Louis C.K and Jerry Seinfeld have been working on a mini web series for the past two years.  The series “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” kicked off its new season January 2nd.  Sponsored by Acura we hope it brings you a few laughs.  To view the first episode of the season or to catch up on any episodes you may have missed you can visit:

http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/

 

Google Android and Apple iOS working to integrate with Honda / Acura vehicles

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Google has just announced that it’s joining up with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia to create the Open Automotive Alliance.  Basically they are planning to integrate Android into automobiles.  The new alliance is geared towards brining mobile and tablet technology into your vehicles dashboard to provide a more user-friendly experience.  The announcement confirms last weeks rumors suggesting Audi was working with google on an Android project.

In a blog post, Patrick Brady, Director of Android Engineering, writes:

Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring your favorite apps and music with you, and use them safely with your car’s built-in controls and in-dash display? Together with our OAA partners, we’re working to enable new forms of integration with Android devices, and adapting Android for the car to make driving safer, easier and more enjoyable for everyone. Putting Android in the car will bring drivers apps and services they already know and love, while enabling automakers to more easily deliver cutting-edge technology to their customers.

This announcement shouldn’t come as much of a surprise following Apples announcement last june to integrated iOS into the car dash gathering support from BMW, Mercedez-Benz, GM and Honda.

Official Android Announcement:

http://officialandroid.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/new-partnership-to-bring-android-to.html

Electric Parking Brake

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Electric Parking Brake

Located on the console behind the shift lever, the electric parking brake keeps your vehicle stationary when parked. Simply lift up the switch to engage the parking brake, and press it down to release it. You can also lightly depress the accelerator pedal to release the brake when the vehicle is on, your seat belt is fastened, and the shift lever is not in Park.

Automatic Brake Hold

Brake Hold is a useful feature, particularly in the city or wherever you have to stop the car frequently.  Press the brake hold button located behind the shift lever to initiate the system.  When you apply the brakes, stop the vehicle and the system indicates brake hold is engaged, the system will hold the brakes and keep the car stationary after you remove your foot from the brake pedal.  Brake Hold releases the brakes the moment you apply pressure on the accelerator.

Understanding Anti-lock Brakes

Anti-lock brakes help drivers maintain steering control during hard braking. All current and most past Acura models are equipped with anti-lock brakes. Not only do they work differently than conventional brakes, they’re used differently, too.

Difference from Conventional Brakes

When pushed hard, conventional brakes may cause wheels to lock up, making the steering ineffective. In contrast, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) allows drivers to continue steering while braking so they can maneuver around objects. An electronic control unit senses when a wheel is approaching lock up and intermittently reduces pressure several times a second. The process is much like that of pumping conventional brakes, but faster and better.

ABS Operation

The ABS emergency braking technique is different from that used with conventional brakes. During hard or severe braking conditions, drivers with ABS should press hard on the brake pedal and not let up. This is known as “stomp and steer.” Sometimes an ABS creates noise and causes the brake pedal to vibrate when the system is activated. Don’t take your foot off the brake pedal if this happens. This is a normal occurrence, and your ABS is functioning properly.

Anti-lock Brakes Do’s and Don’ts

If you have anti-lock brakes, or are considering buying a vehicle that has them, use them properly. In severe braking situations with anti-lock brakes, remember:

  • DO stomp on the brakes when braking hard.
  • DO maintain firm pressure on the brake pedal and continue steering to avoid a collision.
  • DON’T let up even if the system makes noise or the pedal vibrates.
  • DON’T pump the brakes.
  • DO drive safely.
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